Monday, December 30, 2013

End of 2013 Recap

It's been a pretty exciting year at MTD.  Lot's of fun projects- so many master bedroom redos! Seems that having a special, private retreat has been top of mind for many of our clients.  A close second was the family room.  Deep sectionals in textural fabrics ... not to mention a few daring moments with velvet!  Dining rooms were all about glamour this year with over scaled metallic wallpaper patterns still going strong. The crystal of the chandeliers reflecting glittery light patterns off the metallic probably encouraged a bit more than the usual appetites!

One of my favorite projects this year was a "Destination Design" project for a client's home in the Dominican Republic. Sourcing and installing in the DR was actually a fun twist for us! I made so many new contacts there and worked with a great team of contractors and installers.  Of course, having my design team travel with me was a great experience. Genie and Analee were terrific on site and really helped pull all the details together.

Super Storm Sandy left too many victims rebuilding their homes.  We helped quite a few clients with their efforts- new walls, floors, kitchens, baths... the list seemed endless but in the end their homes were brought back to the comfortable havens they deserved.  George Oliphant of WNBC TV's George To The Rescue came calling at MTD and we worked with him and an amazing, dedicated team of electricians and sub contractors to help The Weyant family of Freeport  put their home back together.  That was the project that touched my heart the most - the tears that were shed at the reveal didn't just come from Priscilla and Cody that day.

The economy must be rebounding - we have no less than three new home builds on Long Island we are working with clients on, one full house renovation in the Hamptons, a NYC upper west side apartment renovation and decoration, and quite a few multi room projects as well.  Phew! Amazingly, we still have plenty of energy for whatever new project knocks on our doors in the new year.

Thank you 2013 for being so generous to us.  Here's to your successor - 2014 - and all the promise that the New Year brings!

Cheers!!

Marlaina

Friday, November 16, 2012

Table Setting Ideas for your Thanksgiving Feast!

Need idea's for your Thanksgiving table? Not sure what you have that could make a nice centerpiece? Don't stess you came to the right place!! I have selected some images and tips that will help anyone create a lovely table that is both festive and affordable.      

Use clear glass for tableware to keep it visually clean and select one type of flower preferably a large bloom that takes up space so you only need to purchase a few.  



·         Use a neutral palette in similar tones to keep the tabletop simple. Here pumpkins painted cream and pillar candles running down the center of the table is a nice centerpiece that is easy and inexpensive.  


·         Make your own centerpiece from items found in nature to save money and these can be tossed after the season to reduce unnecessary clutter.


·         Try using other materials instead of table linens to line your serving area for a new look.  Brown paper is an unexpected by easy option that can serve as protection but can also be written on and then thrown away after the meal. 



·         Using colored chargers matching the table d├ęcor can tie the table setting together and is a great frame for plain dinner plates. 


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Friday, August 10, 2012

Breath new life into your bedroom!



One of the easiest, most wallet friendly way to transform your bedroom is with paint! Bored in the bedroom? Try painting the ceiling in a dramatic swath of color. Try a deep shade of sage or even a bluish gray color, depending on your color scheme Looking for romance? Try one of the metallic paints that are available by Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. The light that reflects off this metallic finish is soft and seductive.


Paint an accent wall!

Painting an accent wall in the bedroom is something anyone can do. I love to use the wall behind the bed as the prime location for this. You can paint it simply with a color that is two shades deeper than the main color in the room. Or be bolder by using one of the many stencil patterns that can be found online. Global themes are on trend right now, and a moroccan pattern is really easy to achieve and will really add a pop of pattern to the accent wall. Painting horizontal stripes on the accent wall is a great way to play with scale. I like to tape off 18" stripes horizontally and then paint alternating tones of one color on each strip.

Transform your bedroom quickly and affordably!




Paint an old side table in a high gloss black. Instantly modernizes any style. Really gutsy?? Paint an old wood floor instead of refinishing it. Check out the local paint supply store for the best paints to use and the proper way to prep the floor.





Why these projects are a great idea!

Any of these projects can be completed in a day or a weekend. Paint is a fun way to explore color and a way to create a new mood in the bedroom. It's affordable and easy to redo when you want to make another change down the road.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Small Change = Big Impact



Sometimes the easiest way to make a style update is to bring in a bold pattern - which is what we did at our design studio. Big trend alert for 2012- OVERSIZED Stripes! Modernize any room by switching out an existing area rug with bold colored, large scale patterns. And jewel tones are totally on trend this year as well.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

COLSON CHAIR


Just added this CENTURY chair to the floor at the MTD Showroom. It's available in a variety of fabric patterns and wood frame colors. Love the frame in white lacquer (shown). Our version has white leather cushions and a white lacquered frame. So chic!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Chalkboard Paint



This pink desk is SOOO fabulous! I found this image in the Benjamin Moore website... that's BM Chalkboard paint on the wall behind the desk. Use this paint in kids bedrooms.... paint the closet door in the chalkboard/metallic paint. It's the perfect place for little kids to display their artwork and doodles!

Martha Stewart Living Radio




I had a great time LIVE on the MARTHA STEWART LIVING Radio show with host Ryan Brockington .... we chatted about maximizing small spaces while enjoying cupcakes and cocktails!! Ryan is the new host of the show and he is ADORABLE and fun to talk with!